Prison strap

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A prison strap was a device used to administer corporal punishment in prisons in the USA and Canada. It was used in Canada until about 1970. Such straps are still sold for BDSM purposes.

"Where whipping is an authorized punishment, the court may sentence a convicted offender to be whipped on one, two, or three occasions. The court is required to specify the number of strokes to be administered on each occasion, but there is no limit to the number of strokes that it may specify. A sentence of whipping must be carried out under the supervision of a medical officer. The cat-o'-nine-tails is to be used, unless some other instrument is specified in the sentence. The instrument most frequently used nowadays is a strap.
The strap is smooth leather, three-sixteenths of an inch thick, fifteen inches long and three inches wide, attached to a leather handle that is twelve inches long. The strap is perforated by eight holes, each one-quarter of an inch in diameter, spaced two and one-half inches apart."
Crime and its Treatment in Canada, ed. W.T. McGrath (Macmillan of Canada, 1965)

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